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Uffelmann, Dirk

Vladimir Sorokin’s Discourses

A Companion

Series:Companions to Russian Literature

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    April 2020


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    Vladimir Sorokin is the most controversial contemporary Russian writer. He became famous when the Putin youth organization burned his books and he picked up neo-imperialist discourses in his dystopian novels, making him one of the fiercest critics of Russia’s “new middle ages,” while remaining steadfast in his dismantling of foreign discourses.


    240 pages
    Russian literature;contemporary;modern;postmodernism;political commentary;post-Soviet;Putin;Moscow art scene;taboos;vulgar language;sex;violence;Socialist Realism;censorship;book burning;neo-nationalism;neo-imperialism;dystopia;The Queue;The Norm;Marina's Thirtieth Love;A Novel;A Month in Dachau;Blue Lard;Ice;Day of the Oprichnik;The Blizzard;Manaraga;pulp fiction;totalitarianism;dissidence

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    Dirk Uffelmann (PhD Konstanz, 1999; postdoctoral lecturing qualification Bremen, 2005) is Professor of East and West Slavic Literatures at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Hesse, Germany. He is the author of Russian Culturosophy (1999), The Humiliated Christ—Metaphors and Metonymies in Russian Culture and Literature (2010, both in German), and Polish Postcolonial Literature (forthcoming, in Polish), coeditor of fourteen volumes (in English, German, and Russian), including Vladimir Sorokin’s Languages (2013), of the journal Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie and the book series Postcolonial Perspectives on Eastern Europe and Polonistik im Kontext. He has published over 120 articles on Russian, Polish, Czech, and Ukrainian literature, philosophy, religion, migration, masculinity, and internet studies.

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